The Other Mother: A Wickedly Honest Parenting Tale for Every Kind of Family (Paperback)
'Hysterical, important, moving, wonderful' Sara Pascoe
I'm Jen Brister, stand-up comedian, middle-aged adolescent and, more recently, a mum. But not that mum – I'm the other one. Confused? Let’s back up a bit. Two years ago, my partner (a woman – we're not solicitors) gave birth to twins. Yes. Yes. Already there’s a lot to take in here: gay mums, twins, solicitors… (I know! Believe me, I’m still reeling myself.)
Like every new parent, I had absolutely no clue what I was doing. Add ‘gay’ and ‘non-biological’ to the mix and what do you get? Not a weird box of detergent, but a panicked beige lesbian desperately googling, ‘Will my babies love me?’ at 3 a.m.
This is a book for any parent who feels they don’t fit the mould of a traditional 2.4 family. Stand-up comedian Jen Brister takes a very funny, very honest look at life as a parent: from IVF awfulness to crying over the pages of sleep training manuals. As ‘the other mother’ she has the perfect vantage point for us to laugh and cry alongside her.
Jen Brister is a critically acclaimed stand-up comedian, writer and actor. She is a regular performer on the UK and international comedy circuits. She has presented for BBC 6 Music, written and performed on BBC Radio 4's The News Quiz and The Now Show and has been a regular contributor to magazines including Standard Issue and The Huffington Post.
Jen has performed five solo shows around the world and appeared on Comedy Central, BBC 2's Live At The Apollo and Frankie Boyle's New World Order.
"Jen is one of the funniest comedians I’ve ever seen and her book is predictably hysterical. It’s also moving, important and wonderful" - - Sara Pascoe
"Jen Brister is bloody funny both on stage and in this brilliant book" - - Sarah Millican
"Fresh, heartwarming and very, very wise. The funniest and most refreshingly honest account of being a parent that I've ever read" - - Frankie Boyle
"The Other Mother, is a side-splittingly honest look at the grim realities of same-sex parenting" - - Diva